Find Your Conclusion: Legends of Amelia Earhart

Amelia...Woman, Pilot, and Legend

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. She was an American author and aviation pioneer who did not believe that being a woman limited her chances at becoming the best. She went missing on July 2, 1937, but was not declared dead until January 5, 1939. She set many records during her lifetime, including one being the first female aviatrix that flew across the Atlantic Ocean. Many theories emerged after Amelia Earhart disappeared but no one knows exactly what happened.

Crash and Sink Theory

Perhaps the most popular theory, is the crash and sink theory. Many believe that Amelia and her copilot, Fred Noonan, ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea. Theorists say that although they may have been able to escape from the wreckage, it is unlikely that they would have been able to survive. The aircraft sank within minutes and they did not carry safety gear because of efforts to conserve fuel they attempted to limit the weight of the plane. 

Survival Theory

Some theorists believe that Amelia was able to land and seek the safety of an uninhibited island. Modern day researchers discovered evidence that makes this a possibility. Clothing remains were found, as well as remains of her aircraft, the Electra. The name of the island has not been disclosed.

Human Bone or Sea Turtle

Another theory recently surfaced when three bones were found in May and June of 2010. These bones were found on Nikumaroro, Kiribati which is located on northwest edge of the South Pacific Ocean. Archaeologists say that one bone is a finger bone, or a phalanx, and the other two bones cannot be identified due to their small sizes. The senior archaeologist said that it could be a sea turtle or it could be human, which is a wide area for assumption.

Military Corruption

Others believe that she was found and brought to Saipan by the Japanese. These theorist typically believe that she was involved in espionage to gain information from the Japanese military for the United States. This theory has consistently been denied by both the United States government as well as the Japanese. Some theorists believe that the disappearance of Amelia Earhart was covered up by the United States Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, due to a ‘secret spy mission’ from the United States government. Again, these accusations have been refuted. 

Find Your Conclusion

Although there are as many legends as possibilities, there is no concrete evidence that can confirm the truth, yet. Unsolved mysteries are always the most fasinating. Every researcher wants to be the one to break the case. Today, there are still searches in effort to find the truth. But you can take the information available and match it with your own theories, and claim your own final conclusion. We know who she was but can you predict who she became in her final hours?

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